What is it like to be part of an exclusive resort just a little south of Manila? If I didn’t have to compare current accounts, I would love to have my own Asian tropical house built inside this quiet coastal town in Batangas. I will work in the busy metro on weekdays, then head to San Juan for a fun weekend of sun, sea and sand. I will bring with me some friends, or maybe not if I want every thing to myself. But for now, I have to earn money, figure how to easily switch bank accounts, and plan on how to settle down in the province. I am glad Plaiya Laiya took me in for a day trip, I got to enjoy what’s in store for their present and future lot owners.
Situated along the coastline of San Juan, Batangas, I geared up for a day of relaxation and adventure for a day trip in Playa Laiya with several others. It is a two-hour drive from Manila, thanks to the fast and furious driver who was probably excited too to get to our destination. Who would not get excited? Playa Laiya is an exclusive beach getaway, a weekend hub for leisure and rejuvenation.
It was silent when we arrived. There were a few guests lounging lazily on spacious cottages. Some were on the hilltop pavilion waiting for their meals to be served. We walked towards the sea and were welcomed with glasses of pineapple juice and bite-size burgers. Yellow leis were strewn on tables. The sun was up. The sea was calm. The swimming pool was sparkling. Lazy day ahead, I thought.
Then I was snapped out of my daydream mania. A speedboat took us along the coast of Playa Laiya, a 1.5 km shoreline, until Mt. Daguldol and Mt. Lobo were close enough for a quick snapshot. When we got back to the shore, some of us jumped onto the jet ski and kayak.
We took a quick break – as if we were not on a great workweek break – then boarded Claudine, a big pump boat than can carry at least 20 persons. She brought us to a snorkeling site just 10 minutes away from Playa Laiya, but the sky and seawater decided to turn against us. Dark clouds hovered above us which prevented us from seeing what’s underneath, waves began to get rough that you need to hold onto the outrigger, and rain started to pour that the group just decided to return to base. The weather was undecided, because as we reached the shore, the sun came out again. So we just went to ride the banana boat.
We were left to ourselves after the banana boat ride, so I decided to take a quick dip in the pool. Surprisingly, the pool’s water was salty. There was no hint of chlorine, and soon after I learned that Playa Laiya use a combination of minimal chlorine and more saltwater for their pool which is friendlier to the human skin.
After all those activities, we capped it off with a relaxing massage in one of those beach huts along the shore. Quite a good way to end the day.